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hoist a/the white flag

To offer a sign of surrender or defeat; to yield or give in. After the prosecutors brought forward their newest evidence, the defendant hoisted the white flag and agreed to the plea bargain. We've been in negotiations for weeks, but it looks like the other company might finally be ready to hoist a white flag.
See also: flag, hoist, white
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We also have a cross between Captain Pugwash and the captain of the Titanic at the helm, so our only hope is he hoists the white flag of surrender.
Jones knows from bitter experience what happens when a newly promoted side hoists the white flag before the season begins.
Yet faced with a backlash from Tory voters over changes to child benefit and the Prime Minister quickly hoists the white flag.